ANCHORAGE (AP) - Police officers in four Alaska cities have
joined a Florida-based group that helps find missing
Officers from police departments in Anchorage, Kenai, Unalaska
and Wasilla announced Tuesday they've joined with A Child is
Missing, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based nonprofit that helps law
enforcement alert neighbors when a child is missing.
The program began in Florida five years ago. Alaska is the
sixth state to have police departments sign up.
A Child is Missing is on 24-hour standby for police to call and
request an alert. Founder Sherry Friedlander said alerts must go
out within two hours to be effective.
The organization maintains a database of phone numbers in the
areas it works with. It can record an alert and have a computer
call 1,000 neighbors every five minutes. The message includes the
child's description and last known location and urges the call
recipient to look around their area.
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The system also can be used when an elderly or mentally ill
person is missing.